The Slackers Bring Jamaican Rock N Roll to Frankie'sPublished: 10/06/2010 7:00 am
The Slackers are a classic American band that is equal parts grit and grace. Their slow rise against the odds is a story in perseverance and a belief in their musical vision, what Vic likes to call, "Jamaican Rock N Roll." While they have been influenced, and even personally taught by Jamaican ska/reggae originators, like the Skatalites and the Upsetters (original backing band for the Wailers), the band sees its music as an extension of the traditions of the United States. This band is equally appreciative of old blues, country, 60s soul, rock, and Rnb as it is of reggae, rocksteady, dub, and Ska. It is as if the Rolling Stones or the Yardbirds had grown up on Bob Marley as well as Muddy Waters.
Smashing the stereotypes of "ska" as happy,uptempo, and shallow music, the Slackers play with an aggressive edge and their songs veer in themes from the personal to the political. They can out jam any hippie band and outwrite most singer songwriters. From their 1996 release, Better Late Than Never through to 2010 with The Great Rocksteady Swindle, they have established themselves as America's premiere interpreters and innovators of Jamaican music and a pretty good rock band to boot.
Through the release of eight full-length LPs, five EPs, and a handful of live recordings, The Slackers have earned accolades across the globe for being an uncompromising musical force that not only can rock the hell out of a show, but has something to say, and the skills to say it well.
Routinely selling out most of America's most famous live venues, The Slackers offer a special intimate show at Frankie's Inner City (308 Main St.) this Thursday, October 7. Doors are at 8 p.m. $12 advance, $15 at the door. Green Room Rockers, DJ100DBS, and El Blanco Diablo open. www.frankiesinnercity.com